The Healthy People 2020 Initiative Essay

1016 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
The Healthy People 2020 initiative has made it possible for our society to have a longer, better quality of life through access to healthcare services. The obstacles our society had to face to attain this have been the inability to gain proper access into the healthcare system, the lack of insurance coverage, and the overall prevention of the disease. These obstacles have affected certain ethnic backgrounds, races, and education. The low-income persons are usually those who lack the necessary insurance coverage. Through education, diseases could be prevented. A decade ago, the Healthy 2010 initiative was focused on maintaining a better quality of life particularly for those with certain ethnic backgrounds, race, and education. It seemed that based on these factors, incidents of illness, disease, and mortality rate where higher in non-whites. Williams and Jackson (2005) states, “Death rates from coronary heart disease were comparable for blacks and whites in 1950, but by 2000, blacks had a death rate that was 30 percent higher than that for whites” (p. 326).
CDC (2004) states, In 2001, Hispanics of all races experienced more age-adjusted years of potential life lost before age 75 years per 100,000 population than non-Hispanic whites for the following causes of death: stroke (18% more), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (62%), diabetes (41%), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease (168%). (p. 2330)
Gosh (2003) states,
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